tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC October 23, 2015 5:30pm-6:00pm CDT
and parts of the u.s. bracing for a double punch. >> and the major shift tonight for donald trump. the key state where he's no longer leading. and the school scandal, the outrage over these mug shots. what families say these young men did to their son. and the drug price, suddenly spiked by 400%. the competitor, selling it for $1. good evening, we begin tonight with this monster collision course with mexico. and combining with storms already hitting the u.s. right now.
ever recorded in the western hemisphere. and several airports already shut down. the track, on its way to texas before it's done. many in mexico being rushed out. matt gutman is in mexico leading us off. >> reporter: bracing for catastrophe, as the record hurricane barrels in. tens of thousands of americans. and in town, scores closing. streets empty, windows boarded you have. sandbags piling up, anticipating the dangerous storm surge. this woman on vacation with her husband and two children. stranded. >> we've been running around,
>> reporter: marcus moore from wfaa, just north. >> this is a mobile hospital that is being mobilized ahead of hurricane patricia. >> reporter: this record-setting hurricane is the strongest ever to hit the americas. 200-mile-per-hour winds. recorded. when katrina hit the gulf courseast, it was just a category three. hurricane patricia is expected to bring flash floods and mud slides. but it's a fast-moving storm, meaning it may not linger in one area. >> going to a school, apparently. so far, so good.
planning to ride out the storm in his high-rise. >> this is our safe room. has a door that will protect us from any flying glass. >> reporter: and people in rural areas may not now about the impact of this storm. who knows what scenes we'll wake david? >> and rob marciano in texas, where this will cause even more problems. first, we want to show everyone at home this new image. look at the eye of the storm. have you seen anything like this? and what's the track of the storm? >> just an incredible storm. it's a record breaker. a small core, but when it hits, it will do horrific damage. it will hit in the next couple hours, category three on land,
does make a run at texas. >> and you're standing in the flooding in texas. 20 million americans bracing for more flooding, which could be made worse? >> absolutely. and the rain is far from over. >> reporter: the lone star state bearing the brunt. >> can't se anything out there. it's like it's on our window. >> reporter: historic floods swamped texas in may, killing 30 people. but since, the area has seen less than three inches of rain. already, a half foot of rain fooling across the dallas/ft.
and 20 million in the flash flood risk zone. >> let's get back to rob in texas. what's the track of the system tonight? >> it's going to couple with the moisture from patricia in the next 48 hours, and bring a lot of rain, also to louisiana. and we shift our focus from dallas to houston. flash flood watches expanded to louisiana and oklahoma. could see up to 12 inches of rainfall before the end of the system. >> rob, thank you. in the meantime, we turn to the other story unfolding today. 17 schools suddenly put on lockdown in the northeast after violent threats were called in. frightened parents rushing to
the scene, but they were kept at bay. and you're about to see the moment some parents arrived, authorities warning them not to cross the line, or they could be shot. linzie janis is there. >> reporter: today, a connecticut town terrorized. 17 schools and over 10,000 kids on lockdown. >> we just want to see our kids and hug them. >> reporter: it all started around 9:00 a.m. this morning, a man calling an elementary school in fairfield saying he was heading there with an m-16 assault rifle. then two high schools in the district getting calls that there were bombs on campus. minutes later, parents in this connecticut, where 26 kids and teachers were killed at school, call -- >> all schools are currently in lockdown. there is a police presence at >> reporter: although they were told not to pick up their children, some heading to school anyway. >> we cannot let you in. they are in lockdown. if you go in there, you're going
to get shot, okay? >> okay. >> that's how it works. >> reporter: by 11:15 a.m. the lockdown lifted, police giving the all-clear. david, the fbi and police now trying to figure out who made those anonymous threats. david? >> thank you. and now to the race for 2016. we've heard donald trump point so often to his lead in the polls. now his competitors gaining ground. tom llamas is in kansas tonight with ben carson. i >> reporter: donald trump is never shy. especially about his poll numbers. >> i'm number one in every poll. trump on top. your numbers are unbelievable. boom boom boom. really amazing number. somebody said you love polls. that's only because i'm winning every single one of them. right? right? >> reporter: not anymore. tonight, in iowa, trump now losing to dr. ben carson, who's drawn attention with his
>> i would not advocate that we put a muslim in charge of this nation. i absolutely would not agree with that. >> reporter: carson's comments seem to help him. particularly with key evangelical voters trump is trying to win. >> i'm a good christian, okay? remember that. >> reporter: praying with pastors at trump tower. >> so today we pray for donald trump. yes. >> reporter: and you won't hear "happy holidays" from trump. >> if i become president, we'll be saying merry christmas at every store. i'm saying merry christmas to it. carson, why is he doing so well? >> i don't change my message from one group to another group. and i think everyone can observe that. >> reporter: carson tells me his success comes straight from god. and david, tonight, new signs of trouble for an early favorite who's been struggling. we've learned that jeb bush's campaign is slashing payroll by 40%.
national front runner would be a television star. and now to a number of a different kind. fund-raising. hillary clinton, after 11 hours of testimony on benghazi, her campaign saying the hour after she was finished was the single most profitable hour in their campaign. here's jon karl. >> reporter: hillary clinton literally took a bow today. clearly energized after surviving her marathon benghazi testimony. >> as some of you may know, i had a pretty long day yesterday. >> reporter: long indeed. at one point, she reached for a cough drop to keep from losing her voice. and 9 hours and 15 minutes into hearing, mrs. clinton was asked her 218th question. it was about where she was the night of the attacks. >> who else was at your home? were you alone? >> i was alone, yes. >> the whole night? >> well, yes, the whole night. >> i don't know why that's
funny. did you have any in-person briefings? i don't find it funny at all. >> i'm sorry, a little note of levity at 7:15 p.m. >> reporter: democrats had dreaded the hearing, today declaring it a total victory. >> how about that 11 hours of testimony yesterday? >> reporter: the hearing was the culmination of the best ten days of her campaign, starting with her dominant performance in the debate. >> there is no question that since that debate we are seeing larger, more enthusiastic crowds and a more confident hillary clinton. >> reporter: this week, two of her democratic opponents dropped out, and joe biden said he wouldn't get in. >> you saw that quote saying, you can't knock her down. they're relieved she made it
>> well, she goes to a big tomorrow. at that very event eight years ago, she got knocked down. barack obama's campaign kicked off. she knows it's still early. and images coming in after the deadly raid by u.s. special forces taking on isis. claiming to show the aftermath. tonight, the pentagon warning more of these operations could come. and more on the american wheeler. one month shy of his 40th birthday. martha raddatz recordporting from i >> reporter: tonight, new emerging.
four mass graves near an isis facility, intelligence showing kurdish prisoners would be executed after morning prayers. so at 2:00 a.m. yesterday, american helicopters carrying kurdish troops and 30 u.s. special operations advisers land near the compound. a firefight broke out immediately. with the kurds pinned down and the mission on the verge of failure, the u.s. soldiers jumped in, with wheeler playing a pivotal role. up to 20 isis militants were killed, 70 hostages rescued, but wheeler was fatally wounded. david, the role of u.s. forces in iraq will be debated for weeks to come after this raid. but tonight, the focus is on delta force, a small, tight-knit community, suffering an unexpected and tragic loss. david? >> martha, thank you. back here at home, to a school scandal unfolding. fraternity brothers from the
some charged in a brutal beating. and outrage because of the smiles in their mug shots. gio benitez reporting in. >> reporter: you might think these young men are smiling for school pictures. but these are actually mug shots, taken when these five ole miss students were arrested assault. suffering a concussion, several broken teeth, a ruptured ear drum, and a lung contusion, jeremy's father telling abc news his son, a sophomore, was in his fraternity house when he heard a noise outside and goes out to investigate. he confronts a young man dressed like a frat pledge. then another man appears wearing a black ski mask. one knocks his phone out of his hand and kicks him. the father telling us, almost killing him. the students were pledging for the pi kappa alpha fraternity. and today, the fraternity said it has cut ties with them. the university says the students are still enrolled at the
school, but telling us, "we are committed to holding students responsible for their behavior." 19-year-old s now back in school. still to come, elizabeth vargas standing by with the story, a family giving some of their adopted children away. and the competitor, promising a drug for $1. and this plane, flying underneath this helicopter. too close for comfort for many, but there's an explanation. coming up. (newhart) thank you. full disclosure. we forgot to come up with ideas. (cw exec) yeah, we got messed up last night. you're lucky we're even here. (newhart) but, we did bring breakfast. (jmh) bagels? (newhart) nope. (woman) oh my goodness.
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